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We started walkin just walkin up the road / no water for three days

no food no bath just walkin / don't know where ma sista in law

couldn't take ma car




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Where's Fats Domino?

                                                By Marvin X

    I'm walkin I'm hopin you come back to me. --Fats


Where is Fats Domino?

We been lookin all nite

said he was go stay on thrid flo

that's last we heard

we been tryin ta get out New Orleans ourself

Fats said he was go stay

Can't tell no old negro nothin

they hard headed

He was go ride it out.


I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill.


We started walkin just walkin up the road

no water for three days

no food no bath just walkin

don't know where ma sista in law

couldn't take ma car

no breaks no gas

check come Friday

can't wait

water risin

just walkin

can't go home ain't no home

flood took ma home

Where's Fats Domino?

He playin dat piano

don't you hear him....

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Press Release

Marvin X Kicks Off National Book Tour At Geoffreys's

Contact: Marvin X, 510-472-9589

On Sunday, September 18, 3-6PM, the Oakland Post Newspaper will host a book party for Marvin X at Geoffrey's, 410 14Th ST at Franklin, downtown Oakland. Marvin X, who grew up in West Oakland, will celebrate the release of two books, Wish I Could Tell You The Truth, essays, 2005, and Land of My Daughters, poems, 2005, Black Bird Press, Cherokee CA. The event is sponsored by the Oakland Post Newspaper Group. Marvin X published several essays in the Post that now appear in Wish I Could Tell You the Truth. The reading/book party is the start of the poet's national book tour that will take him to the South and East.

September 27, University of Arkansas, Fayette ville

October 1, Amiri Baraka's House, Newark NJ

October 6, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY

October 8, Freedom Theatre, Philadelphia

October 10, New York University, Manhattan

October 12, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

At Geoffrey's, the poet will read and sign his latest books. The event is free with book purchase. Marvin X  is inviting his friends to read from his works: James Sweeney, George Holland, Michael Lange, Ayodele Nzinga, Horace Wheatley, Ben Travis, John Burris, Alona Clifton, Suzzette Celeste, Wanda Sabir, Ptah Allah-El, Ice Lyfe, Colored Ink, Naru, Paradise, Larry Ukali-Johnson, Opal Palmer, Al Young, Ishmael Reed, Julia and Nathan Hare, Cecil Brown.


Marvin X has always been in the forefront of Pan African writing. Indeed, he is one of the founders and innovators of the revolutionary school of African writing.

--Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)

When you listen to Tupac, E-40, Too Short, Master P or any other rappers out of the Bay Area of Cali, think of Marvin X. He laid the foundation and gave us the language to express Black Male urban experience in a lyrical way.

--James G. Spady, Philadelphia New Observer

Call 510-472-9589 for more information.

posted 10 September 2005

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.” We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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